Tuesday, 05 March 2016
Electric car star hits the road to Waikato
Electric vehicles offer New Zealand great opportunity to tackle climate change and related problems, but it is a
challenge to move to high levels of uptake of electric vehicles (EVs).
An international electric car superstar and electric vehicle owners, enthusiasts, and researchers are coming to the
University of Waikato in a bid to help tackle this challenge by sharing their knowledge and passion for Electronic
Chelsea Sexton, from the documentary ‘Who Killed the Electric Car?’, will be joining the convoy for part of the ‘Leading
the Charge’ Road trip to Hamilton. She will also undertake a public presentation along with Waikato researchers
Professor Barry Barton, Professor Mark Apperley and Dr Mike Duke.
One of New Zealand’s leading energy, natural resources and environmental law specialists Professor Barry Barton, says “A
number of perceptual factors contribute to consumer uncertainly and doubt about electric vehicles, and the ‘Leading the
Charge’ Road trip is a spectacular way to address those issues and improve perceptions of electric vehicles.”
“However, research also indicates that in addition to consumer awareness, Government policies need to be reviewed to
encourage the use of electric vehicles in New Zealand, particularly when transport is a rapidly growing contributor to
New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions,” he says.
The convoy will park by the University of Waikato’s Student Centre on Monday 11 April from 11:30am to 12:30pm for the
public to view. The much talked about Tesla with “Ludicrous” mode will be featured, enabling the vehicle to go from zero
to 100kph in 3.0 seconds. The group aims to provide the public with the opportunity to look at the cars, sit in the
cars, ask questions and marvel at the future of vehicle technology.
A public workshop will be held to give Kiwis the opportunity to meet and hear leading Electric Vehicle experts from New
Zealand and overseas. The workshop will discuss the obstacles electric vehicles have faced in the US, outline successful
international policy measures that can be adapted in New Zealand, and highlight the importance of researching and
teaching electric vehicle engineering to equip the workforce of the future.
The workshop will begin at 1-2pm in the Concert Chamber, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. Light refreshments will
be provided in the foyer. Parking is available at Gate 1 on Hillcrest Road in Hamilton at a cost of $2. Payment should
be made by the ‘pay by plate’ machines in the parking area.
To attend the workshop, please RSVP by emailing Mylene Rakena in Te Piringa – Faculty of Law at firstname.lastname@example.org. The
workshop is hosted by Better New Zealand Trust and Waikato University’s Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy